EPA has released its second annual ranking of U.S. metropolitan areas with the most energy-efficient buildings that earned the ENERGY STAR rating in 2009. The city with the most ENERGY STAR labeled buildings is Los Angeles, which also ranked #1 in 2008. Washington, DC, had the second-highest number of ENERGY STAR labeled buildings in 2008, followed by San Francisco, Denver, and Chicago. New York City entered the top 10 for the first time in 2009.
EPA awards the Energy Star to commercial buildings that perform in the top 25 percent of buildings nationwide compared to similar buildings. Thirteen types of buildings can earn the Energy Star, including schools, hospitals, office buildings, retail stores and supermarkets. During 2009 alone, 3,900 commercial buildings earned the ENERGY STAR, a 40 percent increase over the previous year. Annual utility savings have increased to almost $1.6 billion while avoiding greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of more than one million homes.
To see the list of the Top 25 Cities in 2009, visit: http://www.energystar.gov/ia/business/downloads/2009_Top_25_cities_chart.pdf